Sandstorm Gold acquires two NSR royalties from Magellan Minerals
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – May 11, 2012) – Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (“Sandstorm” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:SSL) is pleased to announce that it has acquired from Magellan Minerals Ltd. (“Magellan”) (TSX VENTURE:MNM), a 2.5% net smelter returns royalty (“NSR”) on the Coringa gold project (“Coringa”) and a 1.0% NSR on the Cuiu Cuiu gold project (“Cuiu Cuiu”) both of which are located in Para state, Brazil. As consideration, Sandstorm will provide an upfront cash payment of US$7.5 million and will subscribe for one million shares of Magellan at a price of $0.50 per share. The share subscription is subject to approval from the TSX Venture Exchange.
As part of the agreement, Magellan has provided Sandstorm with a right of first refusal on any future royalty or gold stream financing for both the Coringa and Cuiu Cuiu projects.
“These two NSRs are on projects with existing resources and strong exploration upside in a mining friendly jurisdiction,” said Sandstorm President & CEO Nolan Watson. “In addition, by receiving a right of first refusal on any streaming or royalty financings on these assets, Sandstorm is well positioned for the future.”
About Coringa and Cuiu Cuiu
The Coringa gold project is located in Para State, 20 kilometres east of the BR-163 highway. Coringa is a narrow, high grade vein system extending over an eighteen kilometre strike with significant exploration upside. Magellan released a positive preliminary economic assessment on Coringa in May 2010, which is in the process of being updated, and will commence a feasibility study in the third quarter of 2012.
Cuiu Cuiu is located 180 kilometres southwest of Itaituba in northern Brazil. Exploration work has identified a series of major gold soil anomalies and Magellan anticipates conducting a drilling program during the second half of 2012 with plans to release a revised resource estimate in the first quarter of 2013.
|Coringa – Total Resources (1)|
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|Cuiu Cuiu – Total Resources (1)|
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|(1) Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.|
Dennis Moore, B.Sc., M. Eng., is the Qualified Person under NI 43-101 responsible for reviewing and approving the technical information contained in this news release.
For more information on Magellan Minerals and the Coringa and Cuiu Cuiu projects, please visit the Magellan website at www.magellanminerals.com.
ABOUT SANDSTORM GOLD
Sandstorm Gold Ltd. is a growth focused resource based company that seeks to complete gold purchase agreements with companies that have advanced stage development projects or operating mines. A gold purchase agreement involves Sandstorm making an upfront cash payment to its partners and in exchange, Sandstorm receives the right to purchase a percentage of the gold produced for the life of the mine, at a fixed price per ounce. Sandstorm helps other companies in the resource industry grow their business, while acquiring attractive assets in the process.
Sandstorm is focused on low cost operations with excellent exploration potential and strong management teams. Sandstorm has completed gold purchase or royalty agreements with Luna Gold Corp., SilverCrest Mines Inc., Santa Fe Gold Corp., Rambler Metals and Mining plc, Brigus Gold Corp., Metanor Resources Inc., Donner Metals Ltd. and Magellan Minerals Ltd.
For more information visit: http://www.sandstormgold.com.
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